NTSB Identification: SEA05WA155
Accident occurred Monday, July 25, 2005 in Balaga, Sarawak, Malaysia
Aircraft: Bell 206 L4, registration:
Injuries: 3 Fatal,1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 25, 2005, about 1045 local, a Malaysian registered Bell 206 L4, 9M-BCT, was destroyed subsequent to an in-flight collision with mountainous terrain north of Balaga, Sarawak, Malaysia. The Helicopter is registered to Hornbill Skyways and was being operated as a visual flight rules aerial observation flight when the accident occurred. The commercial-rated pilot and one passenger were fatally injured; a second passenger received serious injuries and a third passenger is missing. The flight originated from Long Singut at 1020 AM.

Preliminary information indicated that the accident flight was supporting the National Survey and Mapping Department. A search for the missing helicopter was initiated after the pilot failed to make a prescheduled position report to the operator.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Malaysian Government. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Ministry of Transport Malaysia
Level 4 - 7,
Block D5, Parcel D,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62616 Putrajaya.

Tel: 03-88866000 Fax: 03-88892537/03-88891569

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